AHIC 2021: Accor confirms plans for Fairmont Djibouti | News

Accor is adding a new flagship property to its portfolio in Africa with Fairmont Djibouti.

Set to open in 2024, the hotel will feature 155 rooms and ten serviced apartments, with five food and beverage outlets combined with 1,398 sqm of events facilities.

Located in Djibouti City, the capital of Djibouti and one of the country’s most affluent areas, the property will be strategically located by the beach in Plateau Du Serpent offering its visitors convenient proximity to the port of Djibouti.

In addition, the seafront location will provide guests unparalleled views, setting Fairmont Djibouti to become the “new trophy asset” of the Djibouti hotel market.

“Accor has always been a key player in the tourism industry across Africa,” said Mark Willis, chief executive of Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, “and Djibouti is no exception.

“We are confident that this project will greatly benefit the hospitality landscape of Djibouti with the introduction of one of Accor’s flagship luxury brand, Fairmont, while supporting government efforts for its Djibouti vision 2035.”

Accor is partnering with Carnegie Hill Hospitality, a company founded in 2018 which has positioned itself as a major player in the real estate sector in Djibouti, headed by Haibado Ismail, and showcases the strong ambition to be a leader in the tourism sector through “greenfield” developments and strategic partnerships in all segments of the hotel and real estate sector.

When speaking about this brand-new Fairmount project, Ismail stated: “It’s not about building one more hotel.

“The partnership with Fairmont and Accor underlines our desire to create a unique place, emblematic of Djibouti.

“At the heart of our approach, there is a desire for authenticity.

“It is about offering a discovery, a destination in its own right that reflects our rich history, a symbol of our welcome, our culture, our traditions and our ambitions.

“It is also about doing our part in the development of the country, its economy, while offering a hotel complex at the highest level of luxury and service.”

Once open, Fairmont Djibouti will welcome guests traveling for leisure and with family, while expecting a strong demand from corporate, governmental and military travellers.

With the government vision for 2035, tourism activity is a priority and looks to attract 500,000 visitors by 2035, eager to visit and discover the exceptional natural heritage of the country, the richness of the seabed, the discovery of the desert, nomadic life, that of the salt lakes and more.

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Fairmont, MCW, Jaguars tip off girls basketball playoffs at home | News, Sports, Jobs

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals, Martin County West Mavericks and Granada- Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars all netted home games in the opening round of their respective sectional girls basketball tournaments that start next week.

Fairmont merited the No. 3 seed in the Section 2AA, South Sub-Section Tournament and tips off the quarterfinals by playing host to the No. 6-seeded New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.

The Blue Earth Area Bucs received the No. 7 seed in the Section 2AA, South Sub-Section bracket and travel to the No. 2-seeded Waseca Bluejays on Wednesday, March 17, for a 7 p.m. quarterfinal.

The winners between Fairmont–NRHEG and Blue Earth Area–Waseca advance to square off in the South Sub-Section’s semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the higher seed’s home court.

The South Sub-Section finale is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday, March 23, at the higher seed’s home gymnasium. The South champion advances to face the North Sub-Section winner at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, on the North champion’s home floor for the Section 2AA crown and a state bid.

In the top half of the 2AA bracket, No. 1 seed Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial tips off the postseason against No. 8 Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton on St. Patrick’s Day, while No. 5 seed Maple River hits the road to No. 4 seed Medford.

In the Section 2A, South Sub-Section girls basketball postseason bracket, Martin County West garnered the No. 2 seed and plays host to the No. 7-seeded Mountain Lake Area Wolverines at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in Trimont.

If Martin County West wins its quarterfinals, it would play the winner between No. 3-seeded St. Clair and No. 6-seeded Nicollet/Mankato Loyola in a 7 p.m. South Sub-Section semifinal Friday, March 19, in Trimont.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther netted the No. 4 seed in the same sectional playoff bracket and plays host to the No. 5-seeded Springfield Tigers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in Granada.

If the Jaguars win, they would play either No. 1-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, No. 8 seed United South Central or No. 9 seed Madelia in a 7 p.m. South Sub-Section semifinal Friday, March 19, at the higher seed’s home gymnasium.

The South Sub-Section finale is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday, March 23, at the higher seed’s home gymnasium. The South champion advances to face the North Sub-Section winner at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Sibley East High School in Arlington for the Section 2A championship and a state berth.

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Bridgeport girls tip-off season tonight at No. 1 Fairmont Senior | Sports

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WV News) — Herman Pierson saw his Bridgeport girls team grow into a Class AA power through the 2019-2020 season, going from losing to North Marion by 40-plus points midway through the season to coming within a shot trickling off the rim at the buzzer from knocking them off in the state quarterfinals.

But the Indians will now face schools twice their size this season as the team has moved into the new Class AAAA lineup, and Pierson knows another rebuild-type of season could be in the offing again.

The Indians start the 2021 season tonight when they travel to Fairmont to face Big 10 Conference rival and Class AAA No. 1 Fairmont Senior at the Fairmont Senior Field House.

“We scrimmaged at Parkersburg South last night and on a scale of 1-to-10, I’d give us a six,” Pierson said Tuesday. “We did some things really well and we did some things not so good, but I think we can readily fix those things.”

The Indians lose Madison Wilson and Macey Phillips from last season’s squad, but do return Class AA all-staters Paige Humble (second team) and Gabby Reep (third team).

In addition, second team all-Harrison County guard Hannah Bartlett is back as well.

“We’ll have a mix of some experience and some not so experienced girls playing together,” Pierson said. “We have two girls who will play a lot that have not played basketball in a while.

“Ali Bender has been a standout soccer player and is giving basketball a try and Reagan Moore hasn’t played in three years, but you won’t be able to tell that.

“I like the mix of girls we have.”

Senior guard Annamarie Pinti also returns and lends a solid outside shooting game to the BHS repertoire.

Humble averaged 17 points and nine rebounds a game last season, while Reep came on strong late in the year and ended up averaging over 13 points per game.

Bartlett added nearly 7.0 points per game and also was the team’s defensive stopper.

“Hannah gives us a versatile player that can play the 1, 2 or 3 spot,” Pierson said. “She and Bender are really good defensive players.

“I feel like we have six starters and we’ll probably mix and match depending on the opposition.”

Elizabeth Deniker, a 5-9 senior, also returns after lettering last season, but is questionable because of a foot injury.

“That’s a big loss because she gave us some length and some experience,” Pierson said.

Sophomores Lexi Bombardiere and Eowyn Knapp are expected to vie for minutes, as are freshmen Emily Anderson and Maddy Amick.

“To play 17 games in six weeks, we are definitely going to need some depth to do that,” Pierson said. “I think the two sophomores (Bombardiere and Knapp) and the two freshmen (Amick and Anderson) are capable of doing that.

“Anderson is right at 6-foot tall and Amick will give us depth at the point guard slot.”

The Indians’ home opener will occur Friday when they host rival Lincoln.

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